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College's website boasts new responsive design

Seminole State's responsive website allows users to see the site optimized for the format they're using, from desktop to tablet to phone.

In its most complex website upgrade in more than 10 years, Seminole State College has introduced a mobile responsive website that allows users to see the site optimized for the format they're using, from desktop to tablet to phone. 

This shift comes in response to the rapidly increasing number of mobile users on the College's website. Analytics show that mobile traffic to the College’s website has increased 77 percent in the past year. With so many formats for mobile (iPhone, iPad, Kindle, etc.) all with various screen resolutions, it’s no longer practical to design a separate mobile site.

Responsive Web design uses flexible grids and layouts. As users switch from their desktop or laptop to a tablet or phone, the website automatically switches to accommodate for resolution, image size and scripting abilities.

"Technology is moving forward, so it's important that our website does too," says Dick Hamann, Vice President of Information Technology & Institutional Resources. "This new design is geared toward mobile users first. It lets them access our website on the go while providing an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices."

Key features of the new design include:

  • A stronger focus on text instead of images to increase site speed
  • Fonts and line spacing that improve readability for mobile users
  • Simpler navigation to enhance usability
  • A new look for main links (email, MySeminoleState, Sakai), which are optimized for mobile users

This upgrade is part of modifications and improvements in the College's website content and navigation that will occur on an ongoing basis to ensure that the website continues to reflect the latest advances in technology and augment the user experience.

Since the responsive design was applied sitewide, it positions Seminole State ahead of most colleges and universities and gives the College a design that matches top U.S. companies such as Disney, Time Magazine and Starbucks.

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